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Preview: Phillies (7-9) at Braves (11-5)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Turner Field
Date: September 27, 2013 7:30 PM EDT
  

Giving the ball to Kris Medlen could help the Atlanta Braves move closer to securing the NL's best record.

Facing Philadelphia Phillies ace Cliff Lee could mean otherwise.

Medlen looks to continue his dazzling stretch, as the Braves attempt to build on a rare offensive outburst and solve Lee at home for the first time in over two years Friday night.

Atlanta (94-65) has already clinched an NL East title, but has sputtered through September with an 11-13 record while batting .223.

The Braves are hoping they've become untracked following Thursday's 7-1 victory, scoring all of their runs in the first two innings of the opener of this four-game set. They also collected 12 hits with a homer and six doubles.

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"It is good to get hits," said Jason Heyward, who had a career-high five hits, including a home run and three doubles. "Good to get on base and get the game going early."

Medlen (14-12, 3.24 ERA) is well aware of Atlanta's recent offensive issues, but he's 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA in his last five games. That includes winning all three home outings behind a 0.42 ERA.

The right-hander was let down by the lineup Saturday, when he yielded one run in 7 1-3 innings in a 3-1 defeat to the Chicago Cubs.

Medlen has won his last two starts versus Philadelphia (72-87) with a 3.46 ERA, and another victory could give the Braves sole possession of the best record in the NL.

They're tied with NL Central-leading St. Louis with three games left in the regular season. Atlanta won the season series, giving it the tiebreaker if the teams finish tied for the best record.

"Right now, we're playing for home-field advantage, and home is where we would like to be for the most part of our series," Heyward told the team's official website.

Lee (14-7, 2.93) may also enjoy being at Turner Field, where he's won three straight starts behind a 0.86 ERA since taking a loss in 2011. The left-hander has tossed 19 consecutive scoreless innings over that stretch, with eight coming with eight strikeouts in a 2-0 victory April 4.

Lee is 4-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 51 innings over his last seven starts. He was the hard-luck loser Sunday, allowing three runs while fanning eight in seven innings of a 4-3 defeat to the New York Mets.

He'll conclude the season as the Phillies' leader in wins and strikeouts (209), and the lowest ERA of a starter.

"I feel like I did OK," Lee told the team's official website. "I made it basically all year without really getting injured. I was able to take the ball and give the team a chance to win more times than not. As a starting pitcher that's my job, so I've got to feel pretty good about that."

He may also feel good about facing Heyward since he's held him to 3 for 19.

Jimmy Rollins, 3 for 4 with a double in the series opener, has a .355 average (11 for 31) over seven road meetings with the Braves this year. However, he's just 2 for 11 versus Medlen in 2013, while Domonic Brown is 4 for 9 with a homer and triple.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Phillies at Braves
Thu, Sep 26 Final 1 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Phillies at Braves
Fri, Sep 27 Final 0 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Phillies at Braves
Sat, Sep 28 Final 5 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Phillies at Braves
Sun, Sep 29 Final 5 to 12
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PHI  +120   -210   6.5 
 ATL  -130   +175   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PHI  +123   -190   6 
 ATL  -133   +165   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PHI  52%   13%   22% 
 ATL  48%   87%   78% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 1 Over: 8 
 ATL 7 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Under: 5 
 PHI 3 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 5 Over: 11 
 PHI 6 Cover: +155 
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 Sep 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 1 Under: 3 
 PHI 2 Cover: +105 
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 Aug 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 3 Over: 9 
 ATL 6 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 1 Under: 4 
 ATL 3 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 0 Under: 0 
 ATL 0 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 4 Cover: +118 
 PHI 1 Under: 5 
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 Aug 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 5 Cover: +100 
 PHI 4 Push: 9 
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 Aug 2, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 6 Cover: +100 
 PHI 4 Over: 10 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Friday, Sep 27
 
    Red Sox at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Braves
7:35 PM EDT
    Angels at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Royals at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Nationals at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Athletics at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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